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Below is the poem entitled Shackles which was written by poet Caroline Russ. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Some days I wake up and dream
-	Of being free of my shackles
Lost in my former scene
-	But you say I have no shackles

It is life’s challenges that plague my mind
-	Lost in the past of my glory days
The memories are not always kind
-	They all seem like a foggy haze

Gone forever is the dream
-	To put behind freedom’s past
All that remains is a shattered gleam
-	And so too the dream is dashed

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  1. Date: 3/2/2009 11:07:00 AM
    Thank you. You're right. Caroline

  1. Date: 3/2/2009 10:53:00 AM
    Caroline, what a wonderful poem filled with frustration and sadness! When one "dream is dashed," I guess all we can do is seek another that is more attanable. Thank you for sharing; you have a very clear writing style that I admire. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/27/2009 10:08:00 AM

  1. Date: 2/27/2009 9:09:00 AM
    Delightful. Good work, Caroline. Ruben

  1. Date: 2/18/2009 11:08:00 AM
    Yes, thank you. I'm flattered. Caroline

  1. Date: 2/18/2009 10:58:00 AM
    Concise and well said!! Last stanza's my fav! I relate to this poems meaning, for sure!! Are you new to the Soup? If so, welcome!! Much love, Steve